Throughout 2020, the Westby Area Historical Society Genealogy Center is excited to introduce our Centennial Circle Program. This project is an invitation to anyone with connections to the founders of our wonderful Westby area. Because this year marks the centennial birthday of the City of Westby, there is no better time to honor these connections and the accomplishments of our ancestors. If you can make a connection to one or more of your ancestors who were living in Westby, Coon Valley, Chaseburg or any other part of the Westby area in or before 1920, you can be part of the circle. WAHS is kicking off our Centennial Circle Program by offering Charter Membership status to any application approved in 2020, the anniversary year of Westby becoming an official city.
Any way that you can make your connection to that ancestor can be submitted. A family tree; a census report; a family history, such as a letter that mentions Westby or the area; a photograph you might have that connects your family to the area; an obituary; a bill of sale that shows your grandfather did business in the area; a deed for purchase of land; a church certificate or any other document held by your family from that time period will be considered as primary source proof with your application. There are many ways you might be able to connect to the Westby area 100 years ago. Creativity, imagination and resourcefulness are encouraged because we want as many people as possible to be part of our Centennial Circle!
Applicants who submit acceptable documentation will receive a certificate and entry into our permanent Centennial Circle archives. To encourage participation in this initial kickoff phase, all applications submitted and approved in 2020 will receive Charter Membership status.
Applications are available by clicking on the DOWNLOAD button below. Forms will also be available at Westby City Hall and at the Bekkum Memorial Library when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
CENTENNIAL CIRCLE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: